Talented North Somerset musicians hit high notes in school contest

PUBLISHED: 18:00 10 February 2017

The participants of the young musicians competition.

The participants of the young musicians competition.

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Churchill Academy hosted its Young Musician Of The Year competition this week, with eight talented students battling for the coveted crown.

The school linked up with music group Churchill Music! to host the show, with talented students shrugging off the nerves to serve up a varied selection of performances.

Year 13 vocalist Anna Lalande claimed the top prize thanks to her rendition of three classical songs which wowed the judges.

Year 11 pupil George Skeen walked away with the junior trophy thanks to an excellent violin performance.

The audience picked out the efforts of Joe Richardson as the highlight of the evening, while Molly Sprouting won the prestigious Raymond Hayter award.

Headteacher, Chris Hildrew, said the concert was ‘amazing’.

He commented: “It is testament to the hours and hours of careful practice which the performers put in, along with the support and encouragement of their teachers and families.

“We’re very proud of all the young musicians, whose energy and enthusiasm entertained and moved the audience tonight and showed great potential for the future of music at Churchill.”

Jan Murray, of Churchill Music!, added: “The concert was so much more than a show of young talent.

“It is a testament to the atmosphere of Churchill, where music is at the heart of education – something we feel passionately about.”

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